Director’s Statement

Art in Smog is a film about art, existence, life, and how one might find one’s place in a fast-changing, uncertain world. Having spent much of my life discovering a China that was personally meaningful, I wish to share the vibrancy of intellectual thought and artistic activity I have found there, amid mental and physical smog.

I hope this film documents a moment in China’s current transition, which is interesting in view of its modern history and only a blip in its long, long civilizational record.

—Lydia Chen